Xbox One-Exclusive Scalebound Will Have 4-Player Co-op

Dragons, headphones, and a scale arm.

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At its Gamescom 2015 press conference today, Microsoft showed off the first look at the Xbox One-exclusive game, Scalebound. Made by Platinum Games, Scalebound is an action RPG that features battles with massive creatures alongside an allied dragon.

During the demo, Platinum announced that the game will have a four-player cooperative mode, which seems like it would be potentially chaotic and entertaining.

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Scalebound immediately draws comparisons to Ninja Theory's DmC: Devil May Cry. The protagonist is a young man wearing headphones and wielding huge weapons, and his one-liners are very similar to DmC's Dante. Its action looks like the sort of tight action gameplay that fans of Platinum expect--except with one twist. The protagonist goes through the game alongside a dragon, which he uses as both a mount and a battle partner.

Beyond the dragon, what makes Scalebound's action unique is that the main character has the ability to take on the abilities of dragons at will. In the demo, his skin appeared to morph into dragon scales and armor, and he became more of a classical fantasy knight wielding a broadsword.

The game looks crazy. The dragon and a huge monster clashed while the protagonist ran around and tried to target the creature's weak points. Occasionally, the character would climb the enemy monster and attack it.

Of course, there are also more normal action sequences, during which the main character fights groups of human enemies. And, for the most part, those look like other Platinum Games fight sequences.

But the dragon and the character's ability to morph his appearance and skills make this game intriguing. It'll still be a while before it's made available, however. It's planned for release on Xbox One sometime next year.

Check back on GameSpot later today for the full Scalebound demo, and keep an eye open in the coming months for more news and videos.

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This shall make me buy Xone.

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It had me until the dubstep started ._.

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Looks like a Platinum version of Dragons Dogma. Sign me up!

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yeah im getting this.

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Platinum's "regular fight sequences" are better than most games ever achieve.

I'm in. 4P Co-op is a huge win.

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eh Drakengard will always be better than this. Character design is laughable, to say the least. I don't understand how the earphones are relevant to the scenery, kinda weird tbh. Still, Drakengard wins.

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@Gblazer01: drakengard ? better than this ?? .. seriously ??? are you dunk ????

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@Gblazer01 said:

eh Drakengard will always be better than this. Character design is laughable, to say the least. I don't understand how the earphones are relevant to the scenery, kinda weird tbh. Still, Drakengard wins.

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So many good games this year. This is just another on the list. Impressive style and gameplay. I'm a bit blown away actually.

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Platinum game appears to be more Platinum Games. Of course I'm in.

So long as nothing co-op is mandatory within the main campaign.

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Amazon says game releases Dec of 2015. Can buy it now <.<

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@Kingsanx: They say that for all games with unannounced release dates.

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Looks nice. I wonder if the companion can die though. It might be too easy if it can't.

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@rusher25: I was thinking the same thing. I hope there are game mechanics preventing people from falling back while the dragon does all the work. I suspect there will be areas, such as caves, that the dragon is to big to enter and will force you to do it alone. I hope we get sequences where we control the dragon.

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@rusher25: I'm feeling it may be like once it takes enough damage the companion leaves and rest for awhile.

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Looks very cool! Beyond my expectations (which were still pretty high considering Platinum's history) this has to be the very first Xbox One game I'm actually excited about. Reminds me almost of an Xbox equivalent to Horizon Zero Dawn. This will make for a good stay inside for Christmas game lol.

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Uncharted didn't have frame rate issues those were cinematic elements of the game you xtwats. I'm about to go an get my Meek Millz on cause these Xtwats are pissing me off. Who cares about xbox games ps4 has a lot more first party devs and IPs. Bloodborne is the highest rated game on next get so you must respect and love Bloodborne. All you xbots do is play shooters anyway you retards. I cant wait for Black Ops, Battlefront, and Fallout 4. Halo sucks who even plays that game its washed up. Man I cant wait for that Destiny DLC to drop its going to be epic. Destiny's gameplay is so epic I would never play another Halo game. All you bots talk about is shooters Halo, Gears, Halo, Gears Uncharted 4 is going to be my life for at least 2 weeks. Oh you trying to play killzone later. Ok Cool.

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@ray1man2hot: Lol funny you say meek mill since the fact that he's getting clowned on by drake and the rest of the world now.

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@ray1man2hot: Please tell me you were aiming for that much irony and sarcasm?

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Its funny that noone realizes that this is The Last Guardian: Fully Grown Edition

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@draign: minus the artistry, unique setting and atmosphere and replaced by an annoying brat who sounds like the long lost brother of dante? okay, sure :D

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@Xristophoros said:

@draign: minus the artistry, unique setting and atmosphere and replaced by an annoying brat who sounds like the long lost brother of dante? okay, sure :D

Nothing screams immersion like your RPG protagonist spouting Twilight dialogue before slapping on his Beats by Dre headphones...

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@rsocc: Because as we all know Bayonetta was a terrible game for the same reason.

It's an action rpg - by Platinum not a game about a kid and a giant pet bird-dog

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After the gameplay i seen at gamecon and now 4 player coop its a day one buy

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This game is the game on my radar to get an X1 for. Idont care for shooters or racing games so an open world RPG is a system seller for me. The first gameplay footage is really a let down for me. It does look like the DMC reboot on a dragons dogma template. It's my fault for getting hyped on a cgi movie but I expected more from platinum games. The game is still too early to tell what the end game will look like. Hopefully it will shine when it finally releases.

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Multiplayer focus is never a good thing for RPGs.

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@Thanatos2k: Monster Hunter says hi!

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@pspearman: Monster hunter specializes in combat, if you were to play it for a traditional RPG experience you would be disappointed. So I'd have to agree with the first comment.

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@pspearman: One of the most repetitive RPGs in existence?

We need only look at Dragon Quest to see this is true.

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@Thanatos2k: What about MMORPGs? Or Action RPGs like Diablo? I know some of them are terrible but the concept isn't inhenrently bad.

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@Tiwill44: MMOs don't work well on consoles. Multiplayer action RPGs like Diablo don't play very well alone. Hence the problem.

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@Thanatos2k: final fantacy realm within is highly praised console MMO actually

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@TheExxorcist: It's better on the PC, as all MMOs are.

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@Thanatos2k: Did your account get hacked or something? I remember you used to sound smart.

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And this is how you tamw the JRPG genre and mercilessly beat it, i just hope Platinum doesnt do this terrible shlt for Nier 2

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@subsided94: Its not like it could be any worse than the first Nier

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@subsided94: Platinum games is only doing some elements of nier, the story and most of it is square enix, specifically the team who did the first nier.

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@makemefamous07: The graphics look beautiful and the dragon is pretty cool.

The issue here is the meh main character + the fact that it's VERY slow.

This game should be 5x as fast as it is.

Though it's to be expected since platinum is working on a trasnformers game and have people working on nier and starfox. They also likely have at least one other project running for multi plat.

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@putaspongeon: microsoft probably told platinum to slow the pace down and make the game more accessible to the masses. i can't blame them... they are pumping a lot of their own money into it and want it to sell well. i think this whole partnership is backwards, though. platinum's games just don't appeal to the majority of the xbox demographic.

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@Xristophoros: What does that actually do though?

Platinum is on it purely to say platinum is on it it almost feels like.

Platinum are special because of all the things that this game doesn't have, so really microsoft could have gotten quite a listing of developers to do this, that said, it looks pretty fun in my opinion, just very slow, the game is really pretty and the dragon is cool, the dragon arm makes me think that maybe the main character will get some dragon abilities and maybe the ability to turn into one later in the game.

But yeah, if this game was 5 times faster, it'd be great.

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@makemefamous07: agreed. i am a big platinum fan (mgr, bayonetta and okami, dmc, viewtiful joe which are from the same team)... but scalebound looks bland through and through. true, it is very early still, but to reveal the first gameplay footage with THAT was a big mistake.

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@makemefamous07: After what 7-8 years we got a PS3 gameplay of the Last Guardian....man not looking good for that game...

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@k9kal85: last guardian was exactly what people wanted and expected. sony fans are more than pleased by what they saw. i suppose that does not include you and nobody cares :D

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@makemefamous07: Looks like the game could release over a year from now. Instead of being so critical, why do we let it develop............................. They had to delay The Order for a whole year because of how crappy the demo debuted...... Even tho that game is still crappy.

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@skiggy34: This is an xbox game so I must find something I don't like about it. If its coming to ps4 it will be amazing once xbox does the beta for it. PS4 is the best console because I need it to be. There can only be one!

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@ray1man2hot: Nah, the game is very slow is the problem, platinum games make good speed action games, this is far too slow, which means it might as well not be developed by platinum games really because the speed combat is what they show their ability in.

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pretty underwhelming showing.... would have expected more from platinum.

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@Xristophoros: I agree but it seemed like a pretty early version of the game, hopefully it'll improve before release (late 2016 is in a while). I'm mostly concerned about the framerate though, and I'm curious to see how co-op works.

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@Tiwill44: I'll be online co op with the decisions that microsoft have been doing with halo and other games.

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